Who doen't believe in the power of
natural substances is a fool. Morphine (one of the most important
painkillers) originally comes from the poppy-plant, penicilin is
produced by a fungi, aspirin was found in the bark of the willowtree
and the list goes on and on.
The beestings I use also do a good
job for me. At least I get an energyboost for several days, in a
nice and almost indetectable fashion. Which no
other medicin does for me.
Every time, the big advantage is
that the substances are (usually) not harmful to the body because the chemistry of
plants and animals is closer to our human biology. Funny, huh?
For years, I'm using Saint John's
Wort (of the brand Optimax). And I don't dare to do without it. It
took me out of the depression I came in when I realized that I had
MS. My emotional world
now has a strong base. I feel stronger than
Saint Johns Wort is also called
'natural Prozac'. It's so strong, you have to check if it intervenes
with other medicines or substances you are using.
But my preference goes to marijuana. It can relieve
pain, stop glaucome and prevent nausea (for example in chemo therapy).
Also people with MS can benefit from marijuana. It helps me mainly
against spasms and muscle tension. And that spares me a lot of pain
because spasms and muscle tension give pain in the muscles and joints.
I prefer THC (the most important
ingredient of marijuana) over other medicines, because it is not toxic. It is said that only 10,000 times the normal dosis is
life-threatening. It's just mildly addictive (mentally) and the use
is as harmful as the way you take it.
You can smoke it (joint, pipe), eat it (THC binds with animal fats)
and nowadays vaporize it: the purest method: no fire so no smoke).
If you want to know how to make a vaporizer from a regular
light bulb, look here (unfortunately in Dutch,
but if you have a good look at the pictures. :)
When I got MS, I had been smoking marijuana for ten years
(since I was fifteen), so for me there was nothing new. The main
side effect of medical marijuana (namely you get high) had been my
goal for years. Lucky me.
Our little balcony is nice for growing a
few plants. The 'medical' marijuana on the picture below would give us
a nice harvest a few months later...